"The Mayflower Pilgrims" dress silk, Mallinson's Early American series


Length of weft ribbed, crepe fabric (mfr #523, Mallinson trade name Vagabond Crepe) woven with silk warp and doupioni weft. printed allover pattern (mfr #2765), "The Mayflower Pilgrims," one of the 1929 "Early American" series in which a pictorial history is revealed in illustrations of: landing of the Pilgrims; Indian messenger; Marching to church; Homelife of Priscilla and John Alden; First Thanksgiving Feast and First Saw-mill. Colorway with a white ground, print in reds, browns, oranges, black, blue. Selvage width; selvage inscription.

Mallinson's 1929 "Early American" series of printed dress silks was based on historical events and figures that were perceived at the time to consitute a shared American story. It was the last of the company's line of designs based on American themes in which each design was printed in at least seven colors, in several colorways, on three or four different ground cloths. The stock market crash and economic depression that followed made the investment in this kind of design unprofitable.

Date Made: 1928Date Made: 1929

Maker: H. R. Mallinson & Co. Inc.

Location: Currently not on view

Place Made: United StatesUnited States: New York, New York

Depicted: ThanksgivingPilgrims


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Credit Line: Gift of H.R. Mallinson & Co., Inc.

Data Source: National Museum of American History

Id Number: TE.T05947Catalog Number: T5947T (/) 5947Accession Number: 104252

Object Name: Fabric, Printedfabric length

Physical Description: silk (overall material)plain weave; cylinder-printed (overall production method/technique)Measurements: overall: 36 in x 39 1/2 in; 91.44 cm x 100.33 cm

Guid: http://n2t.net/ark:/65665/ng49ca746aa-bcbd-704b-e053-15f76fa0b4fa

Record Id: nmah_630604

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